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Jailed for ‘No Good Reason’

The chaos at New York’s Rikers Island facility, where reports of deaths and brutality once again grabbed headlines this month, should compel a long-overdue rethinking of what jails are used for, and how they can be transformed to meet the needs of the justice-involved, write two of the country’s leading advocates of incarceration reform.

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Rikers Jail in ‘State of Emergency’

“The level of disorder here is deeply, deeply troubling,” New York City Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said after viewing clips of three inmates attacking one another inside a cell at the sprawling Rikers Island facility.

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